How can Arden area patients address an abscess in the gum tissue?
When patients come to their dentist in the Arden area for tooth pain, it is sometimes because of an abscess in the gum tissue, which can be extremely uncomfortable. Patients will describe this toothache as being severe and it may keep them from being able to sleep and go about their daily routine.
When there is an abscess, it is essential that patients get a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. We provide complete dental care and solutions for emergencies. If a patient comes to our practice with an abscess, we can determine the best course of action. In many cases, the best way to address an abscess is to perform root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes the dental pulp from the inside of the natural tooth. This pulp houses the nerves and blood supply. When removed, patients are relieved of pain. The inside of the tooth is filled with gutta percha, a rubberlike material. Dr. Christopher Port of the Asheville Smile Center can then finish the tooth by placing a tooth-colored filling with composite resin bonding. Patients will be able to go back to their lives with their natural tooth in place and avoid the need for extraction.
If a root canal fails, extraction is the only way to save the smile. Extraction is done during an oral procedure at the dental office, and patients are encouraged to speak to their dentist about replacement options. Methods of replacing a natural tooth include dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures.
Patients in the Arden area are welcome to contact Asheville Smile Center for preventative, general, cosmetic, and emergency dental needs. We encourage new patients in the area to call our facility whenever they have an oral health issue that needs to be addressed, as our team has the experience and expertise to assist.